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Hi, I’m Blake

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I coach startups to fundraise, operate, and grow.

I'm CEO of Jumpdocs & former CEO of Cladwell (exited '19), a coach & public speaker for startup founders, and a father of 5 kids living on the banks of the Ohio River.

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Fundraising Coaching

Deploy my vetted process which has a 70% success rate for raising from VCs. This coaching service includes working together to prepare all of your materials, practice running dynamic meetings, weekly accountability, and text and email help through due diligence.

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Startup Operating System

Get your weekly, monthly, and quarterly meetings running officially, and help pull together your vision, strategy, metrics, roles, and team so everyone is working together to drive traction. Loosely based on the EOS process, but heavily modified for startups.

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Growth Team

Jumpstart your weekly growth cadences with my nimble team that can augment your marketing/growth team to drive to your first $2mil in annual revenue. We run these cadences primarily for businesses that use paid media to drive purchases for online businesses (SAAS or E-Comm).

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The work I do,
and business I help.

Being a founder is lonely job.
I hope to be a friend in the process.

Blake is that rare person who combines creative problem solving with deep, thorough, analytical tools and experience.

I highly recommend him as a partner to help with a wide range of business challenges and opportunities."

Jeremy Pryor

FOUNDER @ EPIPHEO

First-time fundraising is like going out on the golf course for the first time. You need a coach to explain the rules in order to succeed.

Having a fundraise coach is the same thing - We wouldn’t have a fair shot of fundraising without Blake’s perspective and that has been invaluable to us.

Meg Pryde

FOUNDER & CEO @ BRANDEFY

Blake provided Ocusell with structure, guidance & insight to streamline a complicated process.

Through the carefully planned exercises and diligent coaching, we were able to pitch our start-up in a way which maximized our value to the investor. If you are a start-up preparing to raise capital, I highly suggest having Blake in your corner.

Hayden Rieveschl

FOUNDER & CEO @ OCUSELL

It’s hard to quantify exactly, but 1 hour with Blake equates to about 4 weeks of 'do-it-yourself' research.

I will def be working with Blake on all our fundraising needs far into the future.

Taylor Romero

FOUNDER & CEO @ SPRUCE.AI

A few things
clients normally ask me:

If you’re such a successful founder,
why are you renting out your time?

Good question - but frankly I don’t like your tone. Jk. Selling Cladwell after 7 years wasn’t this amazing financial outcome for me - but the team and product had a home and I came away with a lot of learning (more here if you want some deets). Anyway - I figure with a couple hrs I can drastically help other startups, and it allows me to kick fundraising for my current startup down the road a bit.

Do you invest? Do you work for equity?

Long term I want to switch from doing any services for $’s and switch to more angel investing and services for equity. So short answer - yes - but less right now than I plan to do in the coming years.

Do you charge for investor introductions?

Absolutely not. If you’re trying to meet someone in my network just email me and I’m happy to intro you for free. If someone is trying to charge for introductions RUN. That’s not what founders do. 

Do you do public speaking or podcasts?

Yes - I love teaching entrepreneurs about fundraising, growth, and the emotional journey of entrepreneurship. Feel free to email me at blake@allsmith.org if you want to chat.

How does payment work?

I charge a monthly fee for fundraising consulting (I’m not a broker-dealer so I can’t take a success fee.) For that you get 1hr/week of coaching and unlimited text and email coaching. For growth I offer fixed fee or a lower base fee + success. For the entrepreneurial operating system I get paid per meeting only upon satisfaction.

Let me know if you want to talk about fundraising, growth, startups, public speaking, family, or whatever else.

Email me

I check my own email and am happy to connect.